Advice Goddess Radio: A Little Earlier Tonight, 6-7pm PT, 9-10pm ET -- Dr. George A. Bonanno, For An Uplifting Show On Grief
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My guest tonight on Advice Goddess Radio will be psychologist and grief expert Dr. George A. Bonanno -- for an actually uplifting show on which he'll smash all the widely held myths about grieving and bereavement.
For example, there's the myth -- unsupported by evidence -- that there are specific "stages of grief" that each person must go through. Another myth is the notion that one must do "grief work," or the grief will come back to bite them. Nope. Not supported by the evidence. In fact, most people seem to be resilient. It's the few who can't manage their grief who end up at grief counselors, in part, shaping the mythology of what it is to grieve.
Dr. Bonanno is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University's Teachers College. His fascinating, well-written, and compelling book is The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss. (On Wednesday night, I only took a break after reading and annotating the first 100 pages for the show because it was 9pm, and I'd already put in a full day of writing, and I thought my eyeballs were going to leap out of my head in protest.)
Here's the link to listen live or download the podcast afterward:
And don't miss last week's very popular show with psychologist Dr. Irene S. Levine on friendships and ending a friendship -- why to do it, when to do it, and the right way and the wrong way to do it; also, how to survive a breakup with your best friend or a close friend.
Her book is Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend. It's about female friendships, but we'll be talking about both male and female friendships on the show.
Related blog item here, "Ever Broken Up With A Close Friend? (Or had one break up with you?)"
Listen to all my fascinating guests every Sunday, 7-8pm Pacific, 10-11pm Eastern, with podcasts available afterward, at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon.